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Man-made Diamonds Sparkle With Potential


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#1 Scarlett

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Posted 13 October 2005 - 06:15 PM

BOSTON In the back room of an unmarked brown building in a run-down strip mall, eight machines, each the size of a bass drum, are making diamondsPosted 10/6/2005 10:18 PM Updated 10/6/2005 10:50 PM By Kevin Maney, USA TODAY That's right making diamonds. Real ones, all but indistinguishable from the stones formed by a billion or so years' worth of intense pressure, later to be sold at Tiffany's. The company doing this is Apollo Diamond, a tiny outfit started by a former Bell Labs scientist. Peer inside Apollo's stainless steel-and-glass machines, and you can see single-crystal diamonds literally growing amid hot pink gases. ~ This could change the face of computing techology as we know it. Such as amazing speed, and powerfull lasers. Watches as cell phones, and the possibility of holographic storage. ~ Scarlett
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Posted 28 October 2005 - 08:31 PM

Back on topic... I wonder what will happen to the diamond market? I mean, diamonds are rare, therefore expensive... right?? and if they are IDENTICAL!?!?!?! I guess diamonds and Cubic Zirconians are about to become alot more in common than before.

Oh well, this is gonna UBER power the electronic industry... AMAZING ARTICLE!!

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Posted 28 October 2005 - 09:11 PM

Back on topic... I wonder what will happen to the diamond market? I mean, diamonds are rare, therefore expensive... right?? and if they are IDENTICAL!?!?!?! I guess diamonds and Cubic Zirconians are about to become alot more in common than before.

Oh well, this is gonna UBER power the electronic industry... AMAZING ARTICLE!!

One of the reasons Diamonds are rare is because the worlds largest Diamond company, DeBeers, is also one of the worlds largest property owners. They bought up a lot of diamond mines and closed those diamond mines in order to keep the supply artificially low, thus keeping the price (artificially)high.

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Posted 29 October 2005 - 05:04 PM

Yes, but now DeBeers cannot control the supply. Since they hold a fair share of the market, and with these new diamonds, DeBeers will surely no longer make a large profit... We hopefully will see an economic switch.

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Posted 29 October 2005 - 08:41 PM

I'm intrigued by the whole "man-made" diamond concept.

DeBeers' diamond bearing land holdings and suppression/control of the raw diamond trade aside, here's a way around all those games.

How's about a "Made from Man Diamond"?

COMPANY TURNS DEAD BODIES INTO DIAMONDS!

By MICHAEL FORSYTH

CHICAGO -- Widows like Anna Nicole Smith can prove their love truly was "solid as a rock" when their rich geezer hubbies croak -- by having the old buzzard's corpse turned into a beautiful diamond ring!

A company has developed an innovative process for turning cremated human remains into gorgeous diamonds that can be worn as jewelry.



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Posted 30 October 2005 - 04:15 PM

that is vert strange Koan Yorel!

I don't think I would want my family members being turned into diamonds!

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Posted 30 October 2005 - 09:59 PM

YES! I like that idea Koan. I really do. Just think.. no more ashes to ashes dust to dust. Immortal in a sparkly pretty bauble. I think that is a better way to go. I'm thinking a Christmes tree ornament!

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Posted 31 October 2005 - 12:30 PM

Yes, but now DeBeers cannot control the supply. Since they hold a fair share of the market, and with these new diamonds, DeBeers will surely no longer make a large profit... We hopefully will see an economic switch.

As far as I know, artificial diamonds have been around for a while, in industrial uses, such as blades for saws(diamond carbide),etc. The difference has been that every natural diamond has some sort of defect, while artificial diamonds are perfect.

This difference has caused consumers to poo-poo artificial diamonds in favor of natural ones. No doubt with a great deal of help from the marketing efforts of DeBeers. Same(similar) situation as with artificial pearls, artificial(Japanese) Harleys, artificial MS Office, etc. These are all items with superior quality, but inferior price, no doubt due to superior marketing on the part of the companies that produce "the genuine article".

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Posted 01 November 2005 - 01:16 AM

If there have been artificial diamonds all this time, than will someone please tell me what this new tech is going to do??

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Posted 01 November 2005 - 01:33 AM

If there have been artificial diamonds all this time, than will someone please tell me what this new tech is going to do??

http://www.htracyhall.org/History/index.htm - Aparently, man-made diamonds have been around since 1954

I'm guessing this new tech is going to ...

HYPE

Prolly just a marketing ploy ???

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Posted 01 November 2005 - 11:31 AM

If there have been artificial diamonds all this time, than will someone please tell me what this new tech is going to do??


This is a news item. Of which there is always a link to the complete article.

One only has to follow the link to have the full story.



---> Man-made diamonds sparkle with potential

In 1955, General Electric figured out how to use room-size machines to put carbon under extremely high pressure and make diamond dust and chips. The diamond material wasn't pure or big enough for gems or digital technology. But it had industrial uses, such as diamond-tipped saws. Such saws made it possible, for instance, to cut granite into countertops.


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Posted 03 November 2005 - 02:16 PM

Wow, I cannot wait to have a diamond HD in my MP3 player!!

random person --> "My SD 4GB stick holds hundereds of high quality MP3's \ Photos"

me --> "uumm... my Diamond HD is virtually limitless, I just can't fill my card."

WWWOOO HHOO.. I cannot wait. :thumbsup:

Probably a long time till the actual tech is released though :flowers:




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